There is More to Us Than You Might Think

Published on : 12/3/19
  • In celebrating the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3., 2019, Sodexo has focused on raising awareness on disabilities through the initiative: Let’s take a closer look because there is more to us than you might think.

    At Sodexo, we’re committed to providing a work environment where people can bring their whole selves to work – this includes those with visible and invisible disabilities, often a source of untapped talent. Diversity and inclusion is fundamental to our business strategy and a cornerstone of our culture. In Singapore, Sodexo partners with special needs Mountbatten Vocational School, providing suitable students with training and job placements.

    One of the first students to have experienced Sodexo’s environment firsthand is 19-year-old Ivan Gomez. Since joining the team in January 2019, the differently-abled teen has found himself a second home. He works as a Barista Trainee at Sodexo APAC House's Aspretto coffee counter, and has since equipped himself with new skills such as café cleaning and other operational tasks.

    Says Ivan’s mother, “The team has truly become Ivan’s family, and that is more than anything we would have expected. They have been patient and kind, and are accepting of his disabilities and quirks. We really want to thank the whole company and the wonderful team for your wonderful steps towards realistic inclusion.”


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    Credits: National Council of Social Services, Singapore
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